Open carry of long guns is legal in Texas and has been a point of contention until Texas legalized the open carry of handguns this year. Ironically, Texas prohibited open carry in the 19th Century to disarm free slaves and other 'undesirable' persons.
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|Brian Redban, Twitter|
Open carry isn't going to get you killed. Resisting police officers while armed when they are wrestling with you (Alton Sterling) will get you killed. We will refrain from making any specific comments on the recent shootings. As for the incident in Minnesota, there is not enough information to make a judgement at this point. Most legally armed citizens are not a threat to police officers and are often quite supportive of police.
What happened in Dallas was an assault on justice. In no way can any rational person make any kind of justification for this kind of terrorism. If there are problems with bad policing, there needs to be changes of leadership, better training, and better involvement from the community not violence.
While many of us may disagree with the Black Lives Matter movement, police, or vise versa, we should all be able to agree on the following:
- Police do not deserve to be shot, much less ambushed.
- We all have the right to peacefully assemble and bear arms while doing so.
- The minority of bad police shootings do not represent the whole and do not merit wholesale condemnation of all.